Norm Masaji Ibuki

Writer Norm Masaji Ibuki lives in Oakville, Ontario. He has written extensively about the Canadian Nikkei community since the early 1990s. He wrote a monthly series of articles (1995-2004) for the Nikkei Voice newspaper (Toronto) which chronicled his experiences while in Sendai, Japan. Norm now teaches elementary school and continues to write for various publications. 

Updated August 2014

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New Canadian Leader Focuses on Human Rights and Heritage - Part 1

Sansei Ken Noma, 60, a well-known community activist whose involvement stretches back three decades, was elected as the new president of the National Association of Japanese Canadians (NAJC) in October 2010.

The retired Toronto high school teacher began his community involvement in the 1970s as a McMaster University student in Hamilton, Ontario. He’s been actively involved with the Asian and Nikkei communities since then, including the Redress movement in the 1980s, and has come out of retirement to become involved at the national level, replacing outgoing NAJC president, Terumi Kuwada.

Personally, I have a lot of concerns about the ...

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Human Rights Hero Yuri Kochiyama

“Study history. Learn about yourselves and others. There’s more commonality in all our lives than we think… There is so much that unites us, which we do not learn.” Malcolm X (from Heartbeat of Struggle)

One of the most important human rights activists of the past 60 years is the 88-year-old American Nisei, Yuri Kochiyama, who is the subject of Heartbeat of Struggle, a compelling 2005 work by Diane C. Fujino, associate professor of Asian Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

I first heard about Kochiyama some time ago. She is the Nisei lady who was a ...

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Jack, MosAika and Being Canadian

There really is no better place to contemplate what it means to be Canadian than in our nation’s capital, Ottawa.

In the midst of news of the disastrous flooding in Pakistan that has displaced millions, when a shipload of about 500 Sri Lankans that landed on Vancouver Island is claiming refugee status, and when America is split on the discussion of building a ‘mosque’ close to the site of the 9-11 ‘Ground Zero’ terrorist attack, we took a road trip.

What does being Canadian mean to me? Good question. For me this identity encapsulates being Nikkei, male, a teacher ...

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Book Review: Looking Like The Enemy

“When I was seventy-four years old, I was invited to participate in a writing class and began writing about those war years. The damn broke loose when those emotions and tears I repressed for decades broke through, at times seemingly uncontrollable. At last, I was telling my story – a Nisei no longer willing to be silent.” Author Mary Matsuda Gruenewald (1925- ), Looking Like The Enemy (2005)

I hope that you’ll forgive me for venting a little, but it seems to me that interest in the Japanese Canadian immigrant story has been rapidly diminishing since the Redress settlement in 1988 ...

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Raymond Moriyama's Sakura Ball Speech - Part 3

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CHAPTER FOUR—AS A MAN DOING THINGS OTHER THAN ARCHITECTURE

Sachi and I have covered the Seven Continents. What is the most important thing we were learning??? To listen to the world and know it is alive, not inanimate and dead to be exploited for Homo sapiens’ selfish benefit. Sachi and I are not leftists and/or heavy-handed greenies. If anything, I am a complimentarily and paradox of Roman Catholicism and Zen Buddhism.

My involvement as a Chair of Environmental, Ecological And Human Factors in Richard Rohmer’s MidCanada Studies and Conferences in the ‘60s covering a ...

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